We have never sweetened what we eat so much, and we are paying dearly for it: obesity, heart attacks, cancer ...
This is evidenced by new research that shows how the food industry has tried to confuse us for years by making us believe that the great culprit of everything was fat.
Metabolic disorders, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, fatty liver, obesity, overweight, cancer ... are diseases whose prevalence does not stop growing. And more and more research points to sugar as responsible, a substance that the food industry adds to three out of every four products it manufactures, sweetening human nutrition like never before. Especially that of childhood.
In Spain, with one of the highest rates of overweight and obesity in Europe, 40 percent of children consume more sugar than the 25 grams per day that the World Health Organization recommends not to exceed. Nothing strange if one takes into account that a Spaniard ingests an average of 111 grams a day. It does, of course, without being fully aware, since most of that sugar has been added by the industry to a multitude of foods.
These are not the only problems associated with sugar. To give two examples, in Spain 16 percent of blind people are blind because of sugar and 7 out of 10 Spaniards with non-traumatic amputations of the feet are related to diabetes, a statistic in which only the United States surpasses us.
The recent position of the World Health Organization (WHO) on fiscal policies on food has not left anyone indifferent, especially the soft drink industry, which watches with dread how it rains again in the wet on the sugar planet .
The WHO proposes, among many other initiatives, to increase taxes on sugary drinks in order to raise their sale price, at least 20% above the current one. It is necessary to emphasize that the WHO points out this amount with special importance (at least 20%) in order for this type of tax measures to have a palpable effect on consumption trends since otherwise they will hardly influence the purchase intention .
The ultimate goal of WHO is to establish socio-economic contexts that facilitate better food choices for citizens; discouraging the consumption of less healthy options while promoting those that are more suitable by influencing the price. But it's not just about raising the prices of unhealthy foods. Many forget to mention that within these fiscal proposals, the WHO is committed to reducing the prices of fresh plant foods by 10 to 30% in order to facilitate the consumption of fruits and vegetables.
It is very important to change our eating habits and eliminate sugar from our diet. Do your health a favor and substitute Stevia for sugar. As sweet as it is natural.